Families has been the unit of society and .
It ordinarily consists of grandparents, the parents, and the .
children. Respect for the elders is one Filipino trait that has remained in the book of .
unwritten laws. The Filipino parent exercises almost absolute powers over the children. I .
have decided to watch a Filipino movie where I can observe some of my native culture .
and try to relate to them.
Identity crisis has to be one of the greatest problems any teenager will face in his .
or her life. This story was based on a young, whitewashed Filipino American who was .
reacquainted with his ethnic culture, while dealing with both a tradition-minded father .
and a romantic infatuation with a classmate.
Dante Basco, star of Fakin" da Funk Festival 1998 plays Ben Mercado in this .
movie, a gifted young high school senior who enrolls in a prestigious art school in order .
to achieve his dream of becoming an animator. However, his plans come into conflict .
with those of his immigrant father Roland (Tirso CruzIII), a postal worker intent on .
seeing Ben become a doctor. They had a long-simmering feud and for Ben, a struggle to .
fit into American life and reject his Filipino heritage; and for Roland, a quest to give his .
children a better life than he had. Things boil over and ruin the elaborate party of Ben's .
However, it's that party where everything starts to change for Ben, his sense of .
misplaced identity, his choice of friends, and even the way he regards his father. Most .
importantly, he finds a confidante and perhaps a love interest that happens to be his .
sister's best friend, Annabelle. Ben is out of the woods by any means. The arrival of the .
Mercado family's browbeating patriarch (Filipino movie legend Eddie Garcia) .
exacerbates the tensions between father and son. For Ben, it was worse that his romance .
with Annabelle is complicated by the presence at his sister's party of hotheaded Augusto .